Books donated as UNISSA unveils American Shelf

Rokiah Mahmud

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Library on Wednesday received a collection of books from the United States (US) Embassy in Brunei Darussalam as part of the launch of a new American Shelf at the library.

US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Emily Fleckner handed over the collection of scholarly books relating to Islamic studies and Islam in the US to UNISSA Deputy Rector Dr Haji Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad.

The deputy rector said the donation was a welcome addition to the library’s collection.

Fleckner said, “We believe wholeheartedly in the lasting value of people-to-people connections. Many of the books in this collection discuss the rich history of Islam in the US and the enduring contributions of Muslim Americans to our nation.”

The event also featured a sharing session by Head of UNISSA Strategic Planning Unit and 2019 US-ASEAN Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr Md Hilmy Baihaqy bin Haji Yussof on his Fulbright experience at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This component highlights diverse education opportunities for Brunei students in the US.

The Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholar award is a scholarship programme that enables university faculty members, government officials, non-governmental organisation (NGO) administrators and think tank professionals in ASEAN member nations to undergo scholarly or professional research in the US for three to four months.

US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Emily Fleckner hands over the books to UNISSA Deputy Rector Dr Haji Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad. PHOTO: UNISSA